Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

Black Bullhead

Black Bullhead Image.

artwork by Wayne Trimm

Ameiurus melas

Black Bullhead inhabits muddy ditches, streams and ponds of western and central NY, where it is native to five watersheds and remains in three of them. In eastern NY there are three more where it is nonnative. Within the native watersheds it is still found in about half of its historic range. Since 1993 there have been verified records from three areas of the Ontario, Oswegatchie, and Champlain (nonnative) watersheds.

Fish atlas map for the Black bullhead.